As I mentioned in one of my earliest posts, New Beginnings, nail polish is one of my absolute passions. And it didn’t begin just today or yesterday… In fact, if memory serves me correctly, it goes all the way back to the tender age of 10, when I first discovered peelable nail polish. (All you had to do to remove it was to peel it off! So fab!)
For me, painting my nails is synonymous with feeling happy, as in the hygge of another one of my earlier posts, Have a Hygge Hugg. So much so, that I can hardly remember a time when I have gone out with (shock, horror!) natural nails. Oh, and my Chanel polish collection is growing at a rate of knots – well, they do insist on bringing out numerous must-have polishes a year (with some limited edition versions selling at vastly inflated prices on eBay 😲. Ergo my addiction could technically make me rich one day 👛👛👛. Here’s hopin’!!)
So imagine my indignation when I recently read that my polish addiction could actually be bad for my health 😧. Thank you Daily Mail online (with an article from May 2015 entitled How your NAIL POLISH could be damaging your health: Cosmetic contains chemicals linked to fertility problems and cancer, scientist warns) for that piece of earth shattering news! They almost nonchalantly quote an eminent scientist, Dr Thu Quach, of Stanford University, who “says exposure to [certain toxic chemicals in nail care products] can lead to issues ranging from cancer to fertility problems…” Gulp and double gulp! Oh and thank you for taking away my happy place! In. One. Fell. Swoop!
Once I catch my breath, my heart stops palpitating and the agonised shade of puce drains from my flushed face, I attempt to reason with myself. “No need to panic, Daily Mail headlines are notorious click bait after all”, I rationalise. But a rapid Google search confirms my worst fears… It seems as if the entire internet is in agreement with the Daily Mail!! Nail polish is now a major health hazard! And to top it all, my body has been absorbing all that nastiness for about… um… 30(ish) years. “What now?” I wonder.
Could a “natural” chemical nasty free nail polish brand actually exist out there and if so what of my hitherto oh so beautiful Chanel collection?
Dr Google to the rescue on the first point! A natural brand called Zoya does indeed exist. It claims to produce nail polishes without the addition of the worst of the chemical nasties, “fondly” known as the “toxic trio”; toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate. I then hunted this brand down until I finally managed to pick up a sample, an oh so pretty pop of neon pink called Bisca (from the 2016 collection) for £11, in Wholefoods, naturally.
Oh. So. Pretty!
And look! No nasties! 😌
Not so sure about the name… 😕 But we’ll give it a go nonetheless…🤞
Zoya’s own website does recommend using a base, called Purity – cute!, for an added pop of colour and a top coat, called Naked Glossy Seal, for a high shine finish. (Unfortunately, I uncovered this info just a tad too late so might have to do a follow-up on this review… 😧 Stay tuned, peeps!)
But without the luxury of the base and top coat, here is how Zoya’s Bisca looks after three coats (it’s very sheer so three coats were an absolute must to build up the colour!):
I like it! It’s pink, it pops… But wait, it’s a bit too matt… I don’t have Zoya’s glossy top coat! How.ev.er, I do have Chanel’s glossy version, Le Gel Coat… Just one little bit can’t hurt surely?!
And how much nicer does that look? I ab. so.lut.ely ❤️ it! And the shape of the bottle… Oh.. and the franglais name…
I like Zoya but I still looove Chanel. Can’t possibly turn my back on Chanel just like that, can I?!
To be continued…
Before I go, just a little reminder (in case you didn’t already know) that…
It’s been more than a decade of neon nails in celeb land (just sayin’ 😉):Embed from Getty Images
A young Paris Hilton sporting a pop of pink neon polish on her nails. Just gorge!Embed from Getty Images
Fergie, with coral neon nails, at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards in Sydney in 2007. Simply fab, Fergie!Embed from Getty Images
Vogue Williams, with coral neon nails, at the Punchestown racecourse in Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland in April 2017. 💗
Vogue Williams again (she just has the best nails!!), with peach neon polish, at the House of Holland show during London Fashion Week in September 2017. 💖💖💖 (And now she’s pregnant too!!! 😉)
How do you feel about the potentially harmful effects of standard nail polishes? Please let me know in the comments section below.
💋 Mostly Mum